Marcus N. Leggett was born in Statesville, North Carolina on February 7, 1973. He is the son of Milton and Vanessa Mitchell whom currently reside in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has one sister, Ajaya Mitchell, who resides in Richmond, VA. He is a 1991 graduate of Thomas Dale High School and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Elizabeth City State University in 1997. He received the gift of salvation in 1997 and was baptized at Union Branch Baptist Church. Minister Leggett was called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in December of 2001, and in 2004 graduated with his Masters of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Minister Leggett was ordained as assistant to the pastor on June 18th 2005 at Union Branch Baptist Church. Reverend Leggett currently resides in Chesterfield, Virginia and is married to the former Nicole Gilliam. They have three lovely children, Myles, Jada and Joshua.
On December 8, 2008, Reverend Marcus N. Leggett was elected as the14th Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church and was installed as a full-time Pastor on March 8, 2009. Reverend Leggett is also the Pastor at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Chester, Virginia.
Dr. Henry Amedeker is a Qualified Mental Health Professional and Youth Counselor, he has been employed with CHCG since 2014 but has been in the field for over two decades. Prior to joining CHCG Dr. Amedeker has worked as Special Education teacher, Youth and Family advocate, Minister, Family Communications Coordinator and Chaplain. Dr. Amedeker obtained his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) from Virginia Union University, his Master of Science in Patient and Family Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. He graduated with Master of Divinity from Lincoln Christian University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, West Africa.
Dr. Amedeker also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations and Human Resource Management from University of Illinois at Springfield. He is Board Certified as Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, USA. Henry is passionate about working with at risk youth and their families. Every youth who is a risk has unique, untapped potential. Dr. Amedeker strongly believes it is imperative to discover that potential, redirect the energy involved for a better course. A positive outcome is assured if this happens. In addition to serving his community, Dr. Amedeker enjoys music, reading, and sightseeing.
Connie L. Jenks is from Charlottesville, VA she serves as a Clinician at CHCG and has been practicing in the mental health field for 25 years. Also a Licensed Professional Counselor, she owns a Christian based practice. Obtaining her undergraduate degree from Mid-Atlantic Christian University and her Master of Science Education at Old Dominion University she has furthered her professional development by becoming a certified Substance Abuse Counselor and is seasoned in numerous counseling techniques. Jenks’ vast experience brings a wealth of knowledge to her role at CHCG, helping others find joy and peace helps fulfill her calling to the industry.
LaShaun Greene was born in Richmond, VA and has been a Quality Mental Health Professional at CHCG for the past three years. Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, LaShaun has always been impassioned about helping those in need of mental health services. Oftentimes the children he counsels at CHCG are not afforded certain opportunities to succeed due to their socioeconomic background; his mission is to help pave the way for them to achieve their goals while promoting healthy lifestyle choices.
Mikia Noble is a Quality Mental Health Professional and Transitional Specialist at CHCG. Noble obtained her Masters of Education in School and Community Counseling from Virginia State University. In the industry for over four years, she has amassed many certifications such as Child Abuse and Neglect, Crisis Wave, and MANDT Restraint training to name a few. The importance of mental health services is especially personal to Noble as she was once considered an at risk youth. These childhood experiences have helped foster a unique approach when Noble is helping clients. Ultimately, her goal is to demonstrate that adverse circumstances do not control the possibilities for success. Happy endings are possible with the right support and guidance.
Dr. Ethel Gainer MSW and M.Ed. is a Quality Mental Health Professional at CHCG, and has been practicing in the mental health industry since 2013. Successfully completing studies in her hometown at the University of Pittsburgh, she migrated to Virginia and graduated from D. Min. Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Though she has only been in the mental health field for three years, Dr. Gainer’s zeal for the profession has been mounting for well over a decade. Her compassion for her clients is unmatched as this is much more than a job, it is her ministry. In addition to Dr. Gainer’s role at CHCG, she is the founder of Divine Destiny Disability Ministry; the mission is to provide education, training and advocacy for those who are differently abled. Being a fixture in the community helps fuel her determination to help adults, families and children achieve their goals Dr. Gainer is excited to be a part of Common Health Counseling Group and supporting its initiatives.